Sophia to get water through taps next week

GWI's Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles

‘E’ and ‘D’ Fields, Sophia will receive water supply from the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) for the first time in “a long, long time”, Managing Director Dr Richard Van-West Charles said.

Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van-West Charles

Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van-West Charles

At a press briefing held yesterday, at GWI’s boardroom, Vlissingen Road, Dr Van-West Charles credited the availability of the water supply to the “good work done by our staff, our engineers.” GWI refurbished the Turkeyen and North Ruimveldt wells, and connected the Sophia communities to these, Dr Van-West Charles explained.

Dr Van-West Charles noted that about 20,000 residents are expected to benefit from the supply of water in Sophia by next week. The GWI is working to strengthen infrastructure with an additional well in the area.

“In addition to that, we are about to sign a contract for the rehabilitation of Cummings Lodge and once that becomes successful, that whole corridor would be adequately served,” Dr Van-West Charles indicated.

The provision of the water is part of GWI’s effort to eliminate Sophia’s water woes by the middle of 2017.

“We want to ensure that the indicator is that water can get to your second floor in your home, and a good quality,” Dr Van-West Charles said.

Meanwhile, the GWI is expected to resume distributing filters to hinterland communities that do not have access to potable water to reduce instances of water contamination. Dr Van-West Charles said this activity will recommence next week. (GINA)


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